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Professor Elaine Reese

Elaine Reese

Email elaine.reese@otago.ac.nz
Tel 64 3 479 8441

Professor Elaine Reese is the Education Domain Leader on a national birth cohort study, Growing Up in New Zealand. She has authored over 80 papers. She has served on the Children’s Action Plan, a government committee to help at-risk children. She has been a PI or co-PI on four Marsden grants from the Royal Society of New Zealand.

She has served as Editor of the Journal of Cognition and Development, and on the editorial boards of the journals Cognitive Development, Infant and Child Development, Reading Research Quarterly, and Memory Studies.

Elaine joined the Department in 1993. She has over 20 years of university teaching experience, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She coordinates the Master’s programme in the Department.

Teaching

Research Interests

  • The development of children’s autobiographical memory, language, and literacy
  • Social influences on children’s development

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Publications

Leyva, D., Reese, E., & Wiser, M. (2012). Early understanding of the functions of print: Parent—child interaction and preschoolers' notating skills. First Language, 32(3), 301-323. doi: 10.1177/0142723711410793

Friedman, W. J., Reese, E., & Dai, X. (2011). Children's memory for the times of events from the past years. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25(1), 156-165. doi: 10.1002/acp.1656

Suggate, S. P., Schaughency, E. A., & Reese, E. (2011). The contribution of age and reading instruction to oral narrative and pre-reading skills. First Language, 31(4), 379-403. doi: 10.1177/0142723710395165

Reese, E., Haden, C. A., Baker-Ward, L., Bauer, P., Fivush, R., & Ornstein, P. A. (2011). Coherence of personal narratives across the lifespan: A multidimensional model and coding method. Journal of Cognition & Development, 12(4), 424-462. doi: 10.1080/15248372.2011.587854

Reese, E., Yan, C., Jack, F., & Hayne, H. (2010). Emerging identities: Narrative and self from early childhood to early adolescence. In K. C. McLean & M. Pasupathi (Eds.), Narrative development in adolescence: Creating the storied self. (pp. 23-43). New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-0-387-89825-4

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Reese, E., Yan, C., Jack, F., & Hayne, H. (2010). Emerging identities: Narrative and self from early childhood to early adolescence. In K. C. McLean & M. Pasupathi (Eds.), Narrative development in adolescence: Creating the storied self. (pp. 23-43). New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-0-387-89825-4

Schaughency, E., & Reese, E. (2010). Connections between language and literacy development. In J. Low & P. Jose (Eds.), Lifespan development: New Zealand perspectives. (2nd ed.) (pp. 59-71). Auckland, New Zealand: Pearson.

Reese, E. (2009). The development of autobiographical memory: Origins and consequences. In P. Bauer (Ed.), Advances in child development and behavior (Vol. 37). (pp. 145-200). The Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/s0065-2407(09)03704-5

Bird, A., & Reese, E. (2008). Autobiographical memory in childhood and the development of a continuous self. In F. Sani (Ed.), Self continuity: Individual and collective perspectives. (pp. 43-54). NY: Psychology Press.

Reese, E., Newcombe, R., & Bird, A. (2006). The emergence of autobiographical memory: Cognitive, social, and emotional factors. In C. M. Fletcher-Flinn & G. M. Haberman (Eds.), Cognition and language: Perspectives from New Zealand. (pp. 177-190). Brisbane: Australian Academic Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Leyva, D., Reese, E., & Wiser, M. (2012). Early understanding of the functions of print: Parent—child interaction and preschoolers' notating skills. First Language, 32(3), 301-323. doi: 10.1177/0142723711410793

Friedman, W. J., Reese, E., & Dai, X. (2011). Children's memory for the times of events from the past years. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25(1), 156-165. doi: 10.1002/acp.1656

Suggate, S. P., Schaughency, E. A., & Reese, E. (2011). The contribution of age and reading instruction to oral narrative and pre-reading skills. First Language, 31(4), 379-403. doi: 10.1177/0142723710395165

Reese, E., Haden, C. A., Baker-Ward, L., Bauer, P., Fivush, R., & Ornstein, P. A. (2011). Coherence of personal narratives across the lifespan: A multidimensional model and coding method. Journal of Cognition & Development, 12(4), 424-462. doi: 10.1080/15248372.2011.587854

Reese, E., Suggate, S., Long, J., & Schaughency, E. (2010). Children's oral narrative and reading skills in the first 3 years of reading instruction. Reading & Writing, 23(6), 627-644. doi: 10.1007/s11145-009-9175-9

Reese, E., Sparks, A., & Leyva, D. (2010). A review of parent interventions for preschool children's language and emergent literacy. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 10(1), 97-117. doi: 10.1177/1468798409356987

Reese, E., Leyva, D., Sparks, A., & Grolnick, W. (2010). Maternal elaborative reminiscing increases low-income children's narrative skills relative to dialogic reading. Early Education & Development, 21(3), 318-342. doi: 10.1080/10409289.2010.481552

Reese, E., Jack, F., & White, N. (2010). Origins of adolescents' autobiographical memories. Cognitive Development, 25(4), 352-367. doi: 10.1016/j.cogdev.2010.08.006

Jack, F., MacDonald, S., Reese, E., & Hayne, H. (2009). Maternal reminiscing style during early childhood predicts the age of adolescents' earliest memories. Child Development, 80(2), 496-505. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01274.x

Trionfi, G., & Reese, E. (2009). A good story: Children with imaginary companions create richer narratives. Child Development, 80(4), 1301-1313. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01333.x

Kalia, V., & Reese, E. (2009). Relations between Indian children's home literacy environment and their English oral language and literacy skills. Scientific Studies of Reading, 13(2), 122-145. doi: 10.1080/10888430902769517

Reese, E., & Fivush, R. (2008). The development of collective remembering. Memory, 16(3), 201-212. doi: 10.1080/09658210701806516

Leyva, D., Reese, E., Grolnick, W., & Price, C. (2008). Elaboration and autonomy support in low-income mothers' reminiscing: Links to children's autobiographical narratives. Journal of Cognition & Development, 9(4), 363-389. doi: 10.1080/15248370802678158

Cleveland, E. S., & Reese, E. (2008). Children remember early childhood: Long-term recall across the offset of childhood amnesia. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 22(1), 127-142. doi: 10.1002/acp.1359

Reese, E., Hayne, H., & MacDonald, S. (2008). Looking back to the future: Māori and Pakeha mother—child birth stories. Child Development, 79(1), 114-125. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2007.01114.x

Reese, E. (2008). Maternal coherence in the Adult Attachment Interview is linked to maternal reminiscing and to children's self concept. Attachment & Human Development, 10(4), 451-464.

Cleveland, E. S., Reese, E., & Grolnick, W. S. (2007). Children's engagement and competence in personal recollection: Effects of parents' reminiscing goals. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 96, 131-149.

Reese, E., & Newcombe, R. (2007). Training mothers in elaborative reminiscing enhances children's autobiographical memory and narrative. Child Development, 78(4), 1153-1170.

Reese, E., Bird, A., & Tripp, G. (2007). Children's self-esteem and moral self: Links to parent-child conversations regarding emotion. Social Development, 16(3), 460-478.

Fivush, R., Haden, C. A., & Reese, E. (2006). Elaborating on elaborations: Role of maternal reminiscing style in cognitive and socioemotional development. Child Development, 77(6), 1568-1588.

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